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the balance in a close election. we get our report tonight from nbc's ron allen. >> reporter: as pennsylvania supreme court considered whether to uphold the new law that requires a picture i.d. to vote, protesters outside claim the law is a republican tactic to make voting harder for minorities, the poor, students, groups that tend to support democrats. anna gonzales, a plaintiff in the case has a social security card, old voter registration card and more, but nothing with a picture like a passport, driver's license or government employee i.d., now required here to vote. >> there is no way. it is an injustice, because we're americans. >> reporter: opponents of the law seized on these comments listing accomplishments at a gathering. >> voter i.d. which is going to allow governor romney to win the state of pennsylvania, done. >> reporter: while supporters of the law claim it will prevent fraud in court lawyers admitted there haven't been cases of fraud in recent elections. 31 states have some sort of voter i.d. law. with several nation legal challenges. photo i.d. laws in texas and wisconsin we
of them killed. what is being done to combat the crime? here is nbc's ron allen. >> reporter: in a chicago neighborhood that endured a long, hot, violent summer, a small band of residents holds another rally for peace. a deadly season that saw the murder of 7-year-old heaven sutton, shot in the back. august the deadliest month yet. this pastor leading the rally has been imploring his neighbors to help save what many fear has become a lost generation. >> it is a state of emergency. this is the civil rights issue of our day and time. >> reporter: a local newspaper publishes the names. many of them young black men killed in their teens and 20s. often gang members, police say, locked in a drug trade that creates jobs and where disputes and petty ones are solved with easily accessible guns. some of the victims are by standers like jermaine winfield left paralyzed by his wounds, shot in three separate incidents during the past four years even after being confined to a wheelchair. >> if we don't make a stand now there will not be kids left to make a stand for. >> reporter: police claim they made
, so he did both in the same day. in an interview with nbc's ron allen, romney said his health care plan up in massachutts, deled after, shows his compassion. let's listen. >> throughout is campaign as well we've talked about my record in massachusetts. don't forget, i got everybody in my state insured, 100%f the kids in our state have health insurance. i t k e'yt that shows more empathy and care about the people of this country than that kind of record. >> well, shortly after that, very shortly, a matter of two hours or so, romney spoke before a toledo, ohio, crowd to denounce obama's affordable care act which is based on his massachusetts plan. let's listen. i wl real obama care and ac wreeaca reform. obama re is really exhibit number one of the president's political philosophy, and that is that government knows better than people how to run the lives. wel the youe i k d kwhou can say. he's talking to ron allen, a straight news reporter. this is the third episode here in a matter of hours. at a univision forum last week, romney admitted he'd take credit for obama care except duri
in the modern era. nbc's ron allen starts us off tonight from the world trade center site in lower manhattan. ron, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, brian. we're on the 22nd floor of the new world trade center. over here you can see the memorial down there, set in the footprints of the original twin towers. today's event was more intimate than many others. there were about 1,000 people in attendance. it generates powerful emotions. >> and my uncle, whom my brother and i missed meeting by ten days. >> reporter: the tradition of honoring each of the 2,983 individuals lost lives on. [ bell tolling ] >> reporter: with only their relatives reading the names. >> dominick e. talia. >> reporter: politicians were excluded for the first time, organizers said, to keep the focus on the families. president obama led a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane struck the north tower. and later, laid a wreath during a tribute at the pentagon, where 184 people were killed. >> this is never an easy day, but it is especially difficult for all of you. >> reporter: in shanksville,
, thomas. >> saying it's out of an abundance of caution for anybody. we appreciate it we'll go to ron allen inside the convention center. ron, explain what does this mean for the rest of the convention and for certain people who hadn't planned to attend who now might? >> reporter: let me show you around this arena. this a unique venue. this is where i was when michelle obama and mayor castro spoke last night. it's a very good sight lines to the podium right there over my shoulder in that direction. there are people down there doing walkthroughs for the events of the day. it's an intimate arena and very vertical. most of the seats are somewhat close to the stage. they are great acoustics in here, that speech last night, both of them had a lot of power and a lot of electricity. the room was really alive when this happens. as you look down on pt floor, you'll see it's a relatively small floor. in fact, there are only seven statement delegations on floor of the convention, illinois and delaware and north carolina, the host state, of course, and key swing state, the other states on the floor wit
shows that the win could be slipping away for the republican challenger. ron allen has more. >> reporter: good evening to you, savannah, mitt romney just wrapped up an event here, the third of the day. he has really been trying to pick up the pace, spending more time here in ohio than any other state. at every campaign stop, mitt romney has hit the same theme. i care about you. >> these are tough times, even for families with jobs. i know what it takes to get this economy going again. i care about the people of america. >> reporter: as new polls show ohio slipping away. romney down by ten points in a new poll out this morning, and nearly that in another recent poll. after that video of romney talking disparagingly about the 47% who pay no income tax. today, from romney, more compassion in a new minute-long tv ad. >> president obama and i both care about poor and middle class families. the difference is, my policies will make things better for them. >> reporter: romney's problem is historic, no republican has won the white house without winning ohio, romney sounded optimistic today in an
's ron allen. ron, this is their moment. we are second away. >> it is their moment, brian. they're surprised -- a lot in the delegation admit they were shocked when they heard the mayor of san antonio was going to deliver such a huge speech. they're obviously very excited, very proud. and they know president obama is not going to win texas, but they think this is the beginning of something. and they point out that the delegation here is about 30% african-american, 30% latino, 30% anglo. tonight they say texas is showing what it is becoming, hopefully a purple state in their mind. a lot of pride for this local mayor who has the got a very big stage and some very big expectations as well. as we know, his story echos president obama's, rising from humble roots, single mother, harvard law grad, who exceeded all kind of expectations. another american story that they're trying to tell the american people about. brian. >> all right, ron allen in the texas delegation. before we go down to the floor for the keynote, david gregory, one more note on the importance of the state of texas to
are in the buckeye state. the president heading there. they'll have multiple dueling eventing today. nbc's ron allen is there. they've been hearing from john kasich, the gronch. ron, talk about what you're seeing on the ground, et cetera. >> reporter: we're getting the usa, usa. there are some protestering up here. i can't hear what they're say but there are protestersprotest. they dealering with these hecklers. i don't know what their issue was but they're being dealt with by security. this is enthusiasm. this is what mitt romney needs. the convenient yesterday with paul ryan where they were together for the first time since the convention, for the second time since the convention was really flat. here we have a big crowd but some are comparing it to a primary sized crowd, not necessarily a general election sized crowd. president obama will be at the university campus where there will no doubt be thousands if not tens of thousands. the governor here gave -- as he was giving an introduction where he talked about how things are getting better in ohio. of course, they are. the unemployment rate is abo
allen, who is at the 9/11 memorial in new york city. ron, i saw one of your live reports earlier on msnbc, and you remarked on how it is open to the public and all of the cameras, there was a more intimate feel to think year's reading of the names and events there. >> reporter: it was indeed, tamron, and i think it was that way by design. the big difference is that politicians, government officials were not invited to een the case in the past. they've even participated in the reading of names. a number of reasons for that. one, we're in a very political year, and no one wanted this to the politicized. there's a feeling after the big celebration marking the tenth anniversary last year, that was a turning point for how the nation and families and organizers of these events want this event viewed going forward. it's a turning of an emotional page. the focus here was truly on the families. behind me you can see the memorial. naets also significant because this is the second time that the memorial was the focus of the event here, the commemorative service. there were oak trees lining
. nbc's ron allen in new york. nbc chief pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski and atia abawi in kabul. first to you at ground zero, talk about the feelings, the memorial, the ceremonies today. >> well, andrea, each commemoration, each anniversary is unique and different, powerful and special, and this one certainly was as well. it was smaller, more intimate, more private and less public if you will, although certainly open to the public. about a thousand people or so gathered here at ground zero. you may recall last year on the tenth anniversary there were tens of thousands of people who were gathered in all of downtown new york in this area, so a lot more low key this time. one of the big differences, this year there were no politicians or elected officials invited to come and speak. they were invited to come and participate and be a part of the ceremony but the organizers of the event wanted to make it less political and more and specifically about the families who came here in the hundreds again. now one big difference is that there is a lot more going on here at ground zero. you c
with ron allen at ground zero. tell us what's going on down there right now. >> reporter: it's been another powerful and emotional day here, a day unique as each anniversary is. this one defined by the fact that the crowd was perhaps much smaller than in years past. perhaps a thousand people here on the september 11th memorial plaza behind me. you can see down there amidst the trees there are still a few people milling about. you see the two pools of the water with the endless waterfalls. the names of those perished etched around the walls. people there to pay tribute. this anniversary was striking because for the first time, politicians and government officials were asked not to speak at the event. it was designed to focus purely on the families and survivors. they didn't want the event politicized because we're in such a campaign year. that gave it a very different feel, but still a lot of power and emotion. the other thing that was different this year is perhaps there's more progress here at ground zero. for example, we're on the 22nd floor of world trade center 1 set to re-open -- set t
more enthusiasm and hoping to open the gap here because as you owiny nohio. >> ron allen following the campaign for us. ron, thank you. let's look at the map itself when it comes to ohio. there are less than a thousand hours until election day. is that sinking in? bodisti the campaign trail. if ohio is really leaning toward the president, what does that mean for mitt romney and his potential path to victory? let's go to the latest nbc news battleground map and show you where thisd. last week we moved from toss-up to lean ohio. the president's lead, it went from 24 2770. what does this mean if you give him ohio? well, watch. so you give the president of ohio, he gets up to 261. he use now got four paths to victory. watch this number up here again. it i't just about a florida or a virginia. attoiou'v got colorado that could put him over the top. you could take colorado away if if you will. you could put wisconsin would put him over the top, virginia would put him over the top o florida. it's a huge issue if you take away ohio. so what does that mean? ck pde her and e - let's walk thr
it is for the good that we're inside. andrea mitchell, up behind the podium. let's go to ron allen, speaking of crucial political battleground states. ron allen is in virginia, at least the delegation. >> we are, brian. it's one of only seven states that have seats on the floor. as you pointed out, it's a very tight fit here. it's very intimate, it's very snug, it's hard to move around. but there is a lot of energy here and there's a lot of excitement. and there's a lot of disappointment as well i can say from talking to some of the delegates who wanted to be part of a huge outdoor event. and some administration officials are also saying they're disappointed, they wanted to do that. there are some analyst who say will tell you that the campaign really needed to have a big, big moment like they did back in 2008 in colorado where they had 70,000, 80,000 people cheering the president on. this arena is very intimate. it's very vertical. it's very tight and the acoustics are great. there are some people here who are saying that maybe that's to the good because the president perhaps needs to have
only weeks before the election. with me now, ron allen who has been covering this story in depth for some time now. for those who do not know the battle story, give to us in a nutshell. >> pennsylvania has that new law, you have to have one of a handful of types of voter i.d. to vote. a driver's license, passport. there are estimates that that could cause problems for up to 800,000 voters who don't have a picture i.d. and the democrats claim it's an attempt to give the state to mitt romney and republicans say it's all about protecting the in-telling gr in-ttegrity of the ballot. >> let's start there, integrity at the ballot box. >> there's no evidence of fraud in pennsylvania or any other state. especially people showing up to vote as somebody else, impersonation at the ballot. but supporters of the law say that's not the issue. they claim there is widespread fraud in registration and this will clean up the rolls they say. but all this is laced with heavy politics and heavy symbolism because you have civil rights activists claiming that this harkens back to lit and he is tests th
care, that same guy said this tonight to ron allen of nbc news. >> i care very deeply about the american people and people of different socioeconomic circumstances. we've talked about my record in massachusetts. don't forget, i got everybody in my state insured. 100% of the kids in our state have health insurance. i don't think there's anything that shows more empathy about the care of the people in this country than that kind of record. >> so 100% of the kids in massachusetts are now entitled to health care thanks to mitt romney. that also means those kids are among the people romney condemns out of the other side of his mouth for believing they are entitled to health care. and right after romney beamed with pride for making health care an entitlement for virtually everyone in his state, the same mitt romney got up on stage minutes later and said this. >> obama care is really exhibit number one of the president's political philosophy. and that is that government knows better than people how to run their lives. >> joining me now are karen finney and robert reich. professor r
this tonight to ron allen of n news. cveeeabth icaneopland people of different socioeconoc circumstances. we've talked about my record in massachusetts. don't forget, i got everybody in state insured. 100% of the kids in our state have health insurance. don't think there's anything that shows more empathabou thcaf pe iis country than that kind of record. >> so 100% of the kids in massachusetts are now entitled to health care thanks toitt romney. that also means those kids are among the people romy condemns utr evthre other side his entitled to health care. and right after romney beamed with pride for making health care an entitlement for virtually everyone in histate, the same mitt romney got up on stage minus later and said this. >> obama care is really exhibit number one of the president's political philosophy. and that is that government knows better than people how to jngnoe ren ves. finney and robert reich. professor reich, the romney flip flopping now, it's instantaous, now sepated by minutes. he's getting caught up desperately on the issue of health care as we just saw. romney care v
. and a federal court is still considering whether south carolina can implement that new law. ron allen is live for us in philadelphia. tell us about the arguments the justices will be hearing today. >> reporter: this case has to do specifically with a photo requirement in the voter i.d. you law that was passed here in march. opponents claim there are tens of thousands of voters who can't get that appropriate i.d. in time for the election and they say most of those people are minority, the elderly, students. the requirement is for a driver's license or passport or a student i.d. card that has a specific expiration date. what the opponents say is a very burdensome what yo burdenso burdensome law. democrats including the obama administration maintain that these laws are designed to suppress the vote. supporters insist they are trying to protect voter integrity. although here in pennsylvania, both sides agree that there is no evidence that there's been any in person voter fraud here to speak of. the most likely result here is the supreme court, which is elected, is likely to split 3-3 and the law
forgotten. >> nbc's ron allen is live in philadelphia. so, ron, we saw the protestors there. we know that a 3-3 deadlock would allow the law to stand. what kind of insight or background are you getting on the justices and how it might all come down? >> the justices are split republican and democrat, as is this whole issue. that was clear in the court from the questioning that was done by the justices. you're right, if it's a tie, the law stays on the books and the photo i.d. is required. that's the specific thing about this law here. you need a photo i. dichld., a passpo passport, driver's license, or student i.d. in other states you can vote with with a utility bill or someone can vouch for you. the opponents are trying to offer other suggestions and alternatives on how it could be implemented. beyond the mechanics of it, there's a fundamental difference of opinion here and in other states aacross the country about how the 2012 vote is going to be carried out. it's not just early voting but provision aal ballots. in ohio the republicans are trying to limit the early voting hours. de
political story will make headlines in the next 24? ron allen is on the convention floor with a look ahead. ron, i know we're expecting bill clinton. >> exactly. he'll be here tonight, and he's going to give a great speech i'm sure by any standard. so there's no big surprise in all that. president obama will give another great speech tomorrow nig night, too. how is this playing out in the real world, in the swing district in ohio? is it really moving the needle for the democrats because nothing that's happened at this convention has been not foreseen. we know the democrats know how to put on a big party. and an exciting party. there was a tremendous excitement here last night, and there will be more of that tonight. we're expecting that president clinton might actually be here on the stage. that's what i was looking for now, but as you can see they're presenting the colors. that is the big question. how is this playing out there in the real world. >> as the color guard moves in, we'll move out. that does it for us for this edition of "andrea mitchell reports." tomorrow on the show, valerie
's ron allen at the convention on the convention floor. we'll be talking about all those things a little later in the hour. >>> coming up, the main event. president obama gets set to make his re-election case to the nation tonight in his 2008 dnc speech, the candidate outlined a specific and aggressive policy agenda including his plans for the tax code. >> change means a tax code that doesn't reward the lobbyists who wrote it but the american workers and small businesses who deserve it. i will stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas and i will start giving them to companies that create good jobs right here in america. >> regardless of whether or not the president has achieved those goals in his first term, will he use tonight to outline certain plans for a second term? we will discuss that ahead on "now." ♪ [ acoustic guitar: upbeat ] [ dog ] we found it together. on a walk, walk, walk. love to walk. yeah, we found that wonderful thing. and you smiled. and threw it. and i decided i would never, ever leave it anywhere. because that wonderful, bouncy, roll-around thin
nbc colleague ron allen just a few minutes ago. here's mitt romney. >> i served as a pastor of a congregation with people of all different backgrounds and economic circumstances that i care very deeply about the american people and people of different socioeconomic circumstances. and i think throughout this campaign, as well, we've talked about my record in massachusetts. don't forget, i've got everybody in my state insured. >> and here's some numbers, larry, that show you why that is mitt romney's message rather than tax cuts. you can't compare in the state of ohio where a new york times cbs poll shows mitt romney down by ten percentage points, president obama ahead on the economy, 6 in 10 voters, nearly 6 in 10, that is, said mitt romney's policies would favor the rich and mitt romney doesn't care about people like them. president obama's driving that message, going after mitt romney's predictions that he'll be tough on china saying that if you look at romney's record at bain capital, all that talk is fake. >> when you hear this newfound outrage, when you see these ads, th
in, an interview he did with nbc's ron allen. i want to play it for you and get your reaction afterwards. here it is. >> one thing you seem to have trouble convincing people of, you are the person that cares about middle class people, people are struggling. they don't see in your background and your comments the kind of empathy and understanding that could really solve their problems. >> i think people had the chance who watched our republican convention to see the lives i've had a chance to touch during my life. to understand that i served as a pastor of a congregation with people of all different backgrounds and economic circumstances. that i care very deeply about the american people and people of different socioeconomic circumstances. and i think throughout this campaign as well, we've talked about my record in massachusetts. don't forget, i got everybody in my state insured. 100% of the kids in our state have health insurance. i don't think there's anything that shows more empathy. >> "shows more empathy"? e.j., romney has gotten himself in the past of talking up his sign
. take a listen to this interview he gave to nbc's ron allen yesterday. >> throughout this campaign, as well, we've talked about my record in massachusetts. don't forget, i got everybody in my state insured. 100% of the kids in our state have health insurance. i don't think there's anything that shows more i'm pat think and care about the people of this country than that kind of record. >> as chuck todd point i'd out this morning the question really wasn't specifically about health care, it was about compassion and empathy and he interjected his record for massachusetts and health care and what they were able to accomplish there. can mitt romney turn his health care plan into an advantage now especially since they've been trying to distance themselves from that all along? >> well, i think there's some irony in the fact that mitt romney briefly mentions his role in passing health care reform in massachusetts when the first thing he pledged to do if he were to become president of the united states is repeal obama care and roll back all of those same provisions for americans. there are
last week because this is something that was very clear in his comments to our colleague, ron allen in ohio yesterday. let's watch. >> don't forget, i got everybody in my state insure, 100% of the kids in state have health insurance. i don't think there's anything that shows more empathy and care about the people of the country that that kind of record. >> he's trying to say that he doesn't not care about the 47% and he's embracing health reform, the massachusetts health reform which he ran away from during the primaries. you've covered him from the beginning, you know. he's talking about empathy and caring and health reform. we have not heard this from him before. >> reporter: no, no, i think that's right. he hit the words care, empathy, he used that language multiple times yesterday. this is what effective campaigns do when they try to get their message across they hammer you all day long. -year-older in the week attacking the president for his comments referring to the losses of lives and to the or chaos and crises in the middle east as bumps in the road he met with me and some o
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